February 3, 2005

Midgets Cool Off, But Lady Tigers Freeze In 71-60 Shootout

At halftime Coach Kelli Swearingen asked ďCould Putnam County shoot the ball any better?Ē The Midgets definitely had blistered the nets with hot shooting in the gameís first 16 minutes to build a 3-34 lead.

The fire was not the problem in the second half. Instead the nets turned to ice as Scotland County struggled through a frigid shooting performance in the third period that resulted in a 20-7 Putnam County run that allowed the visitors to spoil Courtwarming for the Lady Tigers with a 71-60 defeat.

The Midgets opened the game with a barrage from behind the arc. Brook Shultz hit a pair of three pointers and Brittany Casady and Shayna Schooner each added a three pointer as Putnam County led 19-14 after the first period shootout.

SCR-I trailed 10-4 midway through the opening period before Ali Fromm nailed a couple three pointers to trim the deficit.

A three pointer by Jamie Fuller early in the second period brought SCR-I within two points but Shultz answered right back with her third triple of the contest.

Brittney Courtright canned a long jumper before a pair of free throws by Ali Fromm gave SCR-I its first lead of the night, 25-24 with 5:28 left in the second period.

Shultz scored the next five points to regain the lead for the Midgets. A three pointer by Ashley Ellison cut the margin to one point, but that was as close as the Lady Tigers would get. Fuller put in four points just before the half as SCR-I trailed 35-34 at the intermission.

Fromm kept SCR-I close, scoring 18 points in the first half to keep the Lady Tigers within striking distance.

But the third period was disastrous for Scotland County, which simply could not buy a basket.

Angie Bulen scored on an offensive rebound to start the third period and give Scotland County a 36-35 lead. After a P.C. score, Valerie Crawford hit a jumper to keep her team on top by one.

The Midgets answered with an 8-0 run to blow the game open and force an SCR-I time out with 2:49 left in the period.

Putnam County continued to pour on the points and saw the advantage swell to 55-41 with just eight minutes to play.

The Lady Tigers, who battled through the flu early in the week, appeared to run out of gas down the stretch as Putnam County posted the win to improve to 9-7 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Shultz scored 27 points to pace Putnam County. Casady and Haley Montgomery each pitched in with 14 points.

Scotland County (11-7, 1-1) was led by Fromm who finished with a game-high 28 points. Jamie Fuller finished with eight points and Angie Bulen added seven points.

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